2017 Garden and Home Tour Venues
Venue #1 Rosarita Compound
Melissa Serfling once again takes an in-town compound of older casitas, and with imagination and LOTS of creative labor gives each a stunning facelift. Furnishings are found in local consignment shops, estate and yard sales. Each of the four casitas features new tiles, flooring, windows and other building upgrades. Notable original Taos fine art, as well as improvised use of funky décor are found inside the small homes and outside in the private walled and water-efficient landscaped garden courtyards. This fine fusion shouts Taos eclectic, and is sure to delight and inspire you.
Venue #2 Historic NM Hacienda
Named to the State Register of Cultural Properties, this unique property maintains much of its historic use as a working ranch; today raising horses, cows, donkeys, pigs, yaks, emus, and of course sheep. The Hacienda dates to 1914, once covering over 200 acres, making this multi-generational ranching family and one of the largest land owners in Taos County. Today, the 55 acre hacienda includes the original home, orchards dating to the 1920’s, a gazebo, and a 40’ long covered bridge, the only one in NM. The land is served by 3 acequias and a spring-fed lake. Inside the 18” thick adobe walls of the hacienda home, you will find family heirlooms, Western art and sculpture. The despensa, now a museum, showcases original ranch tools,canning and weaving supplies and a proud history.
Venue #3 Diamante del Salto
Built on a family section of the original historic Hacienda land, this attractive contemporary home takes advantage of expansive high country views. Framed by mature cottonwoods, gambel oaks, wild iris and the home owner’s seasonal flower and fruit gardens, it has been a favorite location for local artists painting plein air scenes. Irrigation for lawns, fields and trees is fed by the Acequia Madre which runs through the property. The two level home, with a bright open floorplan, was built using SIPS panels and passive solar efficiency. An antique fireplace mantle, vintage artwork and heirloom furnishings mixes with Western sculptures and original art throughout the property.
Venue #4 Acequia Madre Oasis
This well designed home sits peacefully among mature aspens, evergreens, and older fruit trees in a mountain inspired garden complete with rocky terraces, lush grass, and a serene pond with iris and reeds, all fed by the Acequia Madre which flows like a brook through the property. From the shady portals, apache plume, spirea bush and wild roses edge around the yard to an outside BBQ kitchen with a stone slab counter, antique cupboard and kiva fireplace. Inside, the kitchen features a chisel-edged sandstone counter, pegged oak floors, and a stamped tin ceiling in the dining area to juxtapose texture and lighter tones. The owner chose a collection of colonial furnishings together with textiles, original paintings and photography to complete the inviting interior.